Friday, July 25, 2014

J.C. Gray Black Cherry Soda

We just got back from a few days in Alexandria, MN on a family vacation. Last year, I stopped at their local grocery store to try J.C. Gray Root Beer which was good but nothing special. I stopped by the same grocery store to grab some J.C. Gray Black Cherry:

J.C. Gray Black Cherry Soda
With our cabin in the background.

Brand: J.C. Gray Black Cherry Soda.

Origin: Janesville, WI.

Purchase Place: Elden's Grocery Store, Alexandria, MN.

Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Review: It smelled good, and the first sip was OK. But it was oddly creamy - almost like a cream soda. It was a strange flavor for a black cherry soda to have. It was OK, but a little "off," so I'll give this a slightly below average score. I may be done trying J.C. Gray soda - I just haven't been impressed.

Score: 4 out of 10.
 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Jarritos Lime Soda

Yesterday, I grabbed my 2nd soda from the Mexican Food Section of Cub Foods:

Jarritos Lime Soda


Brand: Jarritos Lime Soda.

Origin: Mexico.

Purchase Place: Cub Foods, Minneapolis, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This was a good Lime Soda. It has a nice bite of Lime, but not too much. Good flavor overall. I think I need to start trying more Lime sodas because I haven't had a bad one yet...

Score: 8 out of 10.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sidral Mundet Apple Soda

Last week, I grabbed 3 sodas from the Mexican Foods section of Cub Foods:

Mexican sodas from Cub.
My 2nd Jarritos and Goya sodas (on either end), and my first Sidral Mundet.

This was the first one I tried:

Sidral Mundet Apple Soda
Sweet embossed bottle.

Sidral Mundet Apple Soda
The cap.

Brand: Sidral Mundet.

Origin: Mexico.

Purchase Place: Cub Foods, Minneapolis, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This is a simple soda: it's tastes a lot like a sweet, carbonated apple juice. If that sounds good to you (which is does to me), try this. I'm actually surprised this is labeled as "less than 1% apple juice" because this could have a lot more in it based on it's flavor. It's an apple SODA, when it really could just be an apple JUICE with some carbonation (that would make it better for you too). Anyway, it was tasty and sweet - tastes more like juice than a soda though.

Score: 8 out of 10.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Capone Family Secret Root Beer

Time for some more Root Beer.

Capone Family Secret Root Beer


Brand: Capone Family Secret Root Beer.

Origin: Chicago, IL.

Purchase Place: Frattallones Ace Hardware, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This had a really "tinny" taste from the start. After that, I had a common complaint for root beers that could be better: it'd flavor was weak and almost watered-down. I seemed to like this more as I got farther into the bottle, but it was just OK. 

Score: 5 out of 10.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Kansas City Sarsaparilla

I opened up this large bottle the other day:

Kansas City Sarsaparilla


Brand: Kansas City Sarsaparilla

Origin: Hopkins, MN. (Wait, NOT Kansas City?)

Purchase Place: Frattallones Ace Hardware, Minneapolis, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar and/or Corn Sweeteners.

Review: The flavor was pretty good, but it was weak - it tasted like flavored water (which, yes, I know, that's what it technically is). It was a little creamy and had a little hint of vanilla and a good amount of wintergreen. Decent flavor, just weak. I'll give this a slightly better than average score.

Score: 6.5 out of 10.